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Do I love Shark vacuum cleaners? Yes. A little too much? There’s no such thing. I will be honest though and say that not every model has left me feeling impressed, and I remain disappointed by the fact that there is still no such thing as a perfect vacuum.
However, Shark remains one of my favourite companies, and the one that I will always go to first when searching for a new vacuum -although I do have a soft spot for Numatics.
Being someone with a dog that loves to shed to the point that I have found his hair in my food in a restaurant, a good pet vacuum is an essential in my daily life. I also live with someone who has allergies and asthma, so it needs to be something that can combat both issues at once.
When I got the chance to try out the Shark NV700UK and NV700UKT, I was pretty excited because it’s one of those two birds one stone situations.
Now, you’ve probably already guessed how I felt about it, and the answer is that I certainly like it more than the NV601UKT I tried out previously. In fact, I liked it a lot more.
So, if you are interested in finding out exactly what I loved and hated about this vacuum cleaner, why not take a look at my detailed and personal review.
Corded upright vacuum
A revolutionary model from Shark, it’s an exciting time to be buying a vacuum cleaner. An upright model with Duo-Clean ready and waiting for you, there’s nothing better than maximum power and cleaning capabilities becoming one. Plus, the handling is absolute perfection.
Corded upright vacuum
With the same revolutionary design as the NV700UK, this vacuum cleaner has been made to deal with the hair and fluff left behind by your pets. With an extra tool to really get into the details, you’ll be left wondering why you waited so long to invest in an upright Shark.
- PROS AND CONS
- 1.1L dustbin
- 6.5kg weight
- HEPA filter
- 750 motor
- 5-year guarantee
Presenting the Shark NV700UK and NV700UKT
The Shark NV700UK and NV700UKT are great models for pretty much any home, with the latter being best suited to those who have pets and need to get rid of the fluff.
They are excellent if you want something with better suction and power, but also able to pick up anything from fine dust to the larger debris. Of course, it’s not going to be right for everyone, and for some, it’s just a little too heavy.
If you are searching for a vacuum cleaner that can offer you power, pet hair pickup, and Duo-Clean technology at half the weight, you should consider checking out the Shark HV390UKT instead.
Do remember that the NV700UK/T comes with lift away though, which does make it lighter.
What’s the Difference Between the Two Shark Models?
Again, it’s what Shark does best, and it’s not having too much difference between vacuum models in the same range. You’ll even note that the model number ends in either UK or UKT, with the T standing for True Pet.
This means that it is the pet version of the vacuum cleaner, and there is only one difference; the pet version comes with a very useful pet tool that can be used on furniture, carpets, and their beds.
You’ll also find the colour is a little different, with the UK coming in a light grey, and the UKT in rose gold and black.
Design and Features
The overall design is quite standard for an upright Shark, and the build is quite compact which should make for easy storage. I don’t have a great deal of space in my home, and the fact that it was able to fit into my cupboard was a massive bonus with this model.
The most exciting thing about this vacuum cleaner is that it is the first Shark model to incorporate both lift away and duo-clean in one. What this means is that the Shark NV700UKT has two brush bars in the main head.
The first of these is located at the front as is incredibly soft, making it good for use on hard floors as it can pick up fine dust and debris effortlessly.
The second is the usual bristle brush, which works excellently on carpets to pull up hair and dirt that is embedded deep down. While the bars on the head are easy to access, the bristle brush is, as usual, not removable, a feature I hope they will discontinue in newer models.
However, the brush roll can be taken out, which is good as it will need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Duo-clean is one of my favourite Shark features though, so I was really pleased that this model had it.
As briefly mentioned, the Shark NV700UKT also has lift away, which means the main body can be detached from the head and stick to create a lighter and more versatile vacuum cleaner for better and more effective cleaning.
It’s really easy to access as well, as the simple press of a button will allow you to remove the main body effortlessly. The controls are located on the handle as well, which makes things a lot easier for you, especially in lift away mode, and also allows for controlled cleaning in said form.
You can switch between carpets and hard floors with ease. There is also a suction valve so that you can adjust the power accordingly when needed.
Of course, the head comes with LED lights so that you can see clearly when you are cleaning and spot even the most hidden clumps of dirt and dust.
There is also on-board storage for the main tools, so you can access them quickly and easily no matter where in the house you are – even in lift away mode.
The power rating is 750w, which is well within the EU regulations, so you know you are getting something that is both powerful and approved.
While it may be a change from the kind of vacuum cleaners we used to have, I have found the lower wattage models to be just as effective at cleaning while also saving me money on my energy bill.
How Noisy is it?
As per the EU laws, the noise level comes in at 80db (the maximum allowed). This is very quiet compared to much older models of vacuum cleaner, and I did find that it was not particularly offensive to the ears. In lift away mode, it remains nice and quiet as well, which was a good bonus.
Cord Length and Storage
Sadly, this is another Shark with an 8m power cable, which just isn’t quite long enough when compared to the latest models.
While I don’t like having to switch sockets frequently, there are shorter cables out there. I did like the continued use of the cable tidy on the back for neat storage at the end of cleaning, however.
Weight and Handling
So, the Shark NV700UKT is heavier than most. This is mostly because it is an upright vacuum, and many are used to using stick or cordless models. It comes in at 6.5kg, with the lift away mode weighing half of this.
However, as I pushed the vacuum cleaner around, I can’t say I noticed the weight too much, and that using it was still a smoother experience. It also has swivel steering, which makes for easy handling and great turns when navigating furniture and other obstacles that might be in your way.
The handle is also padded for a comfortable grip that won’t leave it sore or tired after particularly long cleaning sessions. Overall, the weight might be an increase from what I’m used to, but the overall maneuverability was superb.
Dust Canister and Filter
It has a great dust capacity of 1.1L, which can hold all of the fur, fluff, and dirt that you pick up each clean. It can probably do two or three runs of the house, but I like to empty the canister after every go.
The bin removal is also very simple, and emptying it rarely needs you to get your hands involved. Therefore, it creates a pretty clean emptying process. It uses the usual Shark combination of filters.
You will find the HEPA filter near the motor, which helps to muffle the sound, and it only needs to be washed annually in order to remain effective (or every six months if you like to be cautious).
The main filter is a gloriously large sponge that can be removed and washed with ease. This should be done monthly, because while it does absorb a lot of dust, it is the best way to reduce your chances of loss of suction.
How Well Does It Clean?
In all, I was really pleased with the cleaning ability of the Shark NV700UKT. On hard floors, it worked effortlessly, and the duo-clean technology meant that even fine particles were swept up without issue.
It also managed the large particles without snowplowing them, a feature that always leaves me jumping for joy when I find it in a vacuum cleaner. On carpets, it was also great, and the bristle bar really reached in to get all of the dirt that had been stomped into it over time.
Honestly, it brought up stuff I would not have thought was there. It did take a couple of passes to get debris off, but overall it did an impressive job and was quite quick about it.
Combined with the lift away technology, stairs were a breeze. All I needed to do was remove the main body, attach the tool of my choice, and get to work. It took hardly any time, and I was able to do the furniture as well.
I felt that it gave a really thorough clean as well, so I could get right into the corners. The included wand also allows for floor to ceiling cleaning, which is great for reaching high places and cobwebs that might normally be out of range.
The flexible hose also makes things easier, and lift away technology means that you are not limited in terms of how far you can stretch.
How Well Does It Cope with Pet Hair?
Again, the Shark NV700UKT performed excellently with pet hair. On hard floors, it collected fluff and fur without issue or clogs, and the brush roll meant that the finer hairs and dirt were also picked up.
On carpets, it reached right down to grab hairs, and did the job quickly. It did need a couple of passes to get it all, but this is something I come to expect with any vacuum as carpet is a lot thicker.
The pet tool was, of course, the shining star of the show. I used it to clean dog beds, stairs, furniture, and the inside of my car. In each area, it was both thorough and effective, which was just what I needed.
My dog has what I call sticky hair as well, which means it seems to embed itself in furniture, and the pet tool was even able to remove those; making it thoroughly impressive.
The Shark NV700UKT comes with a number of accessories, including the pet tool I mentioned in detail in the above section.
It also has an upholstery tool that works wonders on furniture and car interiors to get them nice and clean again. It is effective, and also easy to attach to the vacuum cleaner.
Of course, there is also the 2-in-1 crevice tool and dusting brush. The former is a good length and made to get right into every nook and cranny so that you can remove dirt, dust, and cobwebs without issue.
The latter has been designed for delicate surfaces and tables, but I also like to use it on my tiled kitchen floor. You should try it; it works absolute wonders.
How Does It Compare?
Here are some other, similar, models of vacuum cleaner for you to consider, just in case you want to look at other options before you commit to a Shark NV700UK and NV700UKT.
Dyson DC40 Animal
￼Dyson is a big name with an even bigger reputation, so if you are still thinking about your next vacuum, why not one of these?
Lightweight and compact, it is an upright vacuum cleaner with a lot of power and really elegant steering.
Combined with the range of accessories and the fact it was made for pets, it’s the ideal model. We even have a full review of Dyson DC40 you can read for more information.
Vax Air Lift Pet Max
From another leading brand, Vax has the same kind of lift away feature that Shark does, and they do it just as well.
Made for homes with pets, this vacuum cleaner offers excellent suction and a selection of tools that will get right down into every crevice of your furniture and dog beds.
It’s easy to steer and use, but also has a great bin capacity so that you can go on for longer. Read our full review of Vax Air Lift Pet Max.
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We hope that this Shark NV700UK and NV700UKT guide has helped you to learn more about what they have to offer, as well as which one is going to be best suited to your home.
If you live with pets, however, I would strongly suggest picking up the NV700UKT so that you can tackle all of that pet hair. Of course, it does have a couple of flaws that need to be addressed.
It is a little heavy when compared to other vacuum cleaners, but this is something to expect when using a full-size upright. It can also be a little hard to push due to the excellent suction, but the relief valve should make things easier for you in this case.
Of course, we have the usual lack of a removable brush bar, but that’s something I don’t plan on letting go of. Otherwise, it’s a fantastic vacuum and the fact that it uses Duo-Clean technology is what made me really happy.
It’s not one to miss out on, and it gets a solid 4/5 from me. What did you think of our Shark NV700UK and NV700UKT review?
Do you agree with our thoughts on the vacuum, or are there others that you think are better suited to the task? We love hearing from you, so make sure you leave us a message in the comments below.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.